Start at the corner of West Street and Ohio; the Capitol, a gorgeously restored 1880s limestone building, is two blocks away (and you'll cross the canal). Return the way you came and decend to the canal when you get to the bridge. Right at the bridge, you will find the History Center/Indiana Historical Society, with an iconic collection of Lincoln items and the definitive collection relating to the assassination and trial of the Lincoln conspirators. Nice cafe at canal level. Cross over to the other side of the canal (turns west, you want to be on the south side) and it's just a block to the Eiteljorg Museum, literally one of the two or three best collections of southwest and Native American art anywhere, Allow as much time as you can get away with from the youngest kid in the group...or 90 minutes minimum. Another nice cafe, a little more selection. Another block west and you arrive at the Indiana State Museum. Excellent exhibits,
most ages (6+). Allow an hour minimum plus lunch. Restaurant is themed after LSAyres/Block department store tea rooms vintage 1945-65... a real trip. A little further will get you to the NCAA headquarters and hall of fame (see separate listing).
Other attractions include USS Indianapolis memorial (half a mile north from the bridge east of West and Ohio); the Medal of Honor exhibit, on the north side of the canal across from Eiteljorg/State Museum; Victory Field, classic AAA baseball venue (a block south of Eiteljorg/State Museum; and the Indianapolis Zoo (on the other side of White River, about a mile on foot). All in all, lots to see, family friendly...depending on the age of the kids, may be a bit much to walk it all.
Minimal commercialism, a benefit; minimal quality retail, a potential shortfall. Easy walking (canal edge has cement sidewalk-like walkways, in contrast to San Antonio's well-known but over-rated and mediocrely-maintained walkways and brassy commercialism.
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